Sunday, February 02, 2014
The commercials are my favorite part of watching the big game. It was great to see the "Compromise" spot by Audi in which a couple is picking out their next dog. One likes the Dobermann, the other prefers a Chihuahua. The two are crossed and next comes "Doberhuahua"
Monday, October 21, 2013
Our precious Buffy-Marie dei Dohse passed away on Friday, October 18th 2013. She lived a good long life – she would have turned twelve on December 8th. We miss her so much and cherish all the fond memories we have of her. We’re so thankful to have been able to care for her all these years. I will miss how she would bark at the T.V. when there was any kind of a conflict on, like a wrestling match. She was very playful and sometimes she would jump up and try to push you from behind if you weren’t paying attention. Rest in peace, Buffy.
(The photo was taken in May 2012)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
It’s flea and tick season again – UGH!
A co-worker some years ago told me about a tick spray you can make yourself and then spray it on your yard. I wanted to know if anyone else has heard of this and if they have tried it, and how it works for them. I make a batch every year and spray it on the plants in the yard and it seems to do a good job of keeping the ticks away. Apparently the tobacco in it gives them the runs so badly that they die.
Here’s the recipe:
Take the foot of an old pair of pantyhose and fill it with the contents of a container of chewing tobacco. Make it like a tea bag, sort of. Put into a container of water. I like to use an empty plastic container that kitty litter comes in. Hold on to the open end of the pantyhose as you lower the tobacco teabag into the water, so it doesn’t fall in. Twist the lid onto the container with the pantyhose. This will keep the pantyhose from falling all the way into the container.
Let this “tea” steep outdoors in the hot sun and let it ferment and get all nasty and gross. I set it out for a couple of weeks at least.
Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a hand-held pressurized pump sprayer which you can get at your local home improvement store. I use either a 1 or 3-gallon bottle. Add some dish detergent. This helps the tobacco tea mixture stick to the leaves. Also, add some mouthwash. If I remember correctly, this is what lures the ticks in to the mixture.
Spray on your yard. I don’t recall the frequency of how often this has to be done. I have been doing this once a year in May of each year.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
My little guy Nemo came down with AIHA/IMHA and we had to say goodbye. This dreadful disease has an 80% mortality rate and can be caused by a number of different things including vaccinations and tick-borne illnesses. Here’s a page with more information
We owned Nemo (or he owned us!) since he was 8 weeks old. We had nearly eight great years with him. He was my very first puppy. All my other dogs were older when I got them.
Some of my fondest memories of Nemo are when I would open the back door to let him and our other dog outside in the backyard. Nemo would rear up and attempt to push me out the door with his front paws as if to say, “You come outside with us, Mommy!”
Another time, I was packing my husband’s lunch cooler for work. I had set the cooler down in front of the open refrigerator door and I placed a soda and some other items from the fridge into the cooler. Nemo came along and dropped his favorite red ball into the cooler, as if to say, “Maybe Daddy wants to play ball at lunchtime.”
I love how he would tilt his head to the side when I was speaking to him. He would stare at me intently, like he was really listening to what I had to say to him.
He was a sweet, sweet boy and I miss him so badly. It’s a very painful loss and I hope that one day I will be able to think about him without bursting into tears.